Well, let me also say that my first impression of the school of martial arts west la was that it doesn't look like any other school I have practiced at before, it's a lot better; I have over 7 years experience total in both Shotokan Karate and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu styles and have experienced quite a few schools. I love practicing at this location and not just because of the environment. What I was looking for in a martial art school is effective self-defense, cardiovascular workout, and quality teaching: Effective self-defense is much more difficult than it might seem. I'm a petite woman, who is all of 5 feet tall, and I don't have the weight and power of 6+ foot man. Because of my size, I need to practice truly practical self-defense. So far, I'm very satisfied with what is being taught from an effective technique perspective. Since I break a hard sweat and breathe heavy in every class, I must say I've been consistently happy with using martial arts class for all my cardio needs... thus my opening statement. As for quality teaching, well, this has been an issue in the past for me. I have experienced many athletically talented teachers in martial arts. But I've come to the disappointing realization that athletically talented does not mean talented at teaching. I'd just like to say I hold my now current teacher Sifu Scott in the utmost regard and now consider myself one lucky experienced student. Other notable positives that people may want to consider are the ample free parking (2 additional levels of underground parking; living in Santa Monica helps you appreciate this) and the schools' open schedule to students (which allows me come in any day the school is open; which is helpful in my case because of my changing schedule). I am hopeful this review is helpful to any potential or existing martial artists. I have a descent amount of experience, I truly do love practicing here, and if you are shopping around for a true martial arts experience, definitely put this school at the top of the list for consideration.